Administrative law and public sector in Austria

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly noted for its expertise in environmental law, advising local bodies on the implementation of legislation and assisting applicants with the planning process for infrastructure, energy and waste management projects, among others. The practice also excels in public business law, including medical product, customs and life sciences law, and regulatory law. Wilhelm Bergthaler, Wolfgang Berger and Martin Oder are key members of the team.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Christian Schmelz heads the team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte), which is known for its broad practice. Environmental law is a particular area of focus for the team, which regularly handles environmental impact assessments and permitting procedures for large-scale infrastructure projects, as well as hydropower plants and wind farms. Highlights included the team's ongoing advice to Vienna International Airport and the state of Lower Austria on the construction of a third runway, including representing the clients in appeals to the Constitutional Court and Supreme Administrative Court. Other areas of expertise are technology regulation and data protection issues, such as privacy law and newtech, and energy law; Bernd Rajal specialises in energy law, and counsel Günther Leissler focuses on technology regulation and data protection. Counsel Johannes Stalzer is also recommended.

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel is noted for its wide-ranging practice, covering environmental, state aid, planning and zoning, energy, air traffic, education, product regulation and healthcare law. Hans Kristoferitsch, who is 'hands on and understands the client's needs', represented the Republic of Austria before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in litigation regarding the awarding of state aid for nuclear power plants in the UK and Hungary; he also acted for the Austrian Power Grid in proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the ECJ. Stefan Huber, who jointly heads the practice with Kristoferitsch, is advising food retailer Spar on a variety of regulatory issues, as well as acting for a number of higher education bodies, such as the Institute of Science and Technology. Other clients include Vienna International Airport and Philip Morris.

Eisenberger & Herzog

Infrastructure projects, renewable energy, and banking and finance regulatory law are areas of focus for the team at Eisenberger & Herzog. Practice head Georg Eisenberger is known for his strength in environmental law and world heritage issues; he recently advised XXXLutz on the environmental impact assessment approval requirements pertaining to the construction of a furniture store, and acted for construction company Strabag on a mining project. Tatjana Dworak represented Windparkbetreiber Kärnten in administrative proceedings relating to more than 15 wind farms in Carinthia. Ulrike Sehrschön regularly advises clients from the infrastructure, energy and healthcare sectors on regulatory issues. Other key clients include Styria Media Group, Salinen Austria and the city of Graz.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners specialises in environmental and planning law, regularly advising on environmental impact assessments, zoning law and licensing procedures concerning large real estate development projects. Team head Michael Hecht is 'hands on, solution oriented' and 'straight to the point'; he successfully represented ÖBB Infrastruktur in the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the Semmering tunnel project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Austria. The team acts for a number of public sector clients, including the city of Feldkirch and the province of Lower Austria.

ONZ, ONZ, KRAEMMER, HÜTTLER Rechtsanwälte GmbH

ONZ, ONZ, KRAEMMER, HÜTTLER Rechtsanwälte GmbH specialises in environmental law and has a particular focus on representing clients in construction and regional planning procedures and licensing procedures in accordance with the legislation on environmental impact assessments. Clients come from the trade and services, transport infrastructure, waste management, mining, water supply and forestry sectors, among others. Christian Onz, Florian Berl and Michael Mendel are noted.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

The 'competent and friendlyKurt Retter leads the team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG, which is known for its 'great quality of advice with regard to the healthcare sector', as well as its focus on energy, infrastructure (particularly railways), gaming and telecoms. Highlights included advising T-Mobile on the regulatory issues, including licensing and data protection, surrounding its acquisition of UPC Austria. Newly promoted counsel Wolfram Schachinger is noted for his expertise in environmental law; he is advising the Austrian Power Grid and DLH Real Estate Management on potential environmental impact assessments, as well as acting for an increasing number of intensive livestock farmers. The arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has also strengthened the team's environmental and renewable energy law practice.

bpv Hügel

The 'competentChristian Schneider, who is noted as 'a specialist in his field', leads the practice at bpv Hügel, which advises on energy, telecoms, healthcare, municipal and environmental law, with a particular focus on planning and zoning and waste management. The team's clients include a number of municipal bodies and energy companies; among other matters, Schneider is representing Kelag and Gas Connect Austria in a dispute with the Chamber of Commerce and Federal Workers Chamber regarding the calculation of gas tariffs, and assisting the city of St Pölten with funding guidelines for investments by new enterprises. The team is also advising British American Tobacco on tobacco regulation. Other clients include the Association of Natural Gas Undertakings (Fachverband Gas Wärme) and A1 Telekom Austria.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Stephan Denk heads the public law team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; he focuses on constitutional litigation and regulatory disputes in the finance, energy, environment, healthcare and consumer-facing sectors. Clients include UPS and Japan Tobacco International.

Niederhuber & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Niederhuber & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly noted for its expertise in planning and environmental law, especially in relation to environmental impact assessments for industry, energy and infrastructure projects; other areas of strength are constitutional, energy, traffic and waste management law. Martin Niederhuber leads the team.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) covers public construction, planning and environmental law, advising on environmental impact assessments and the public law aspects of infrastructure, waste management and raw material extraction projects. Highlights included practice head Hanno Liebmann acting for subsidiaries of the Swiss Implenia Group on the construction of the Semmering tunnel and Markus Nussbaumer assisting construction materials company Asamer with environmental impact assessments relating to the redevelopment and expansion of a quarry and gravel pit.

Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG

Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG handles environmental law, including environmental impact assessments and the protection of nature; planning, building and zoning law; and energy law, particularly in relation to renewable energy. Stefanie Werinos-Sydow is the key contact.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang is praised for its 'excellent lawyers and strong market reputation'; the team is known for its representation of clients from the energy, pharmaceutical and life sciences, banking and finance, and transport sectors (particularly aviation and railways). Johannes Barbist, noted for his 'great approach to dealing with problems' and 'industry knowledge', heads the practice, which advises on licensing, environmental, constitutional, state aid and regulatory law.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS' practice covers trade, environmental, waste management, state aid, planning and data protection law, with clients from the logistics, life sciences and healthcare, education, construction and energy sectors. Bernt Elsner leads the team, which also includes Robert Keisler and Thomas Hamerl. Strabag, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Porr and Nögig, the project for broadband coordination in Lower Austria, are among the firm's clients.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH advises on environmental, waste management, water, and pharmaceutical law, among other areas, and acts for a number of energy and telecoms companies. The team also handles constitutional issues; Bernhard Müller is acting for Lucura Versicherungs in an action before the Austrian Constitutional Court and the Commercial Court of Vienna relating to the collapse of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank. In the gaming sector, Müller is advising a consortium that operates casinos and lotteries in the Czech Republic on the Austrian gaming law aspects of its proposed acquisition of shares in Casinos Austria.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Constitutional Court judge Christoph Herbst leads the practice at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which is noted for its 'broad expertise, fast responses and flexibility'. The team advises on state aid, banking, trade, energy and waste, and regulatory law, among other matters. Recent highlights include advising Condor and Thomas Cook on the regulatory law respects of their proposed acquisition of Niki airline; acting for longstanding client Niederösterreichische Landeskliniken Holding on a hospital construction project; and continuing to represent a former managing director of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank before the European Court of Human Rights. 'Conscientious and reliable' associate Stephan Lenzhofer is also recommended.